As summer approaches, all moms begin to think, “How will I keep the kids occupied all summer?”
Whether you continue formal learning or take a more relaxed approach, on this page you will find suggestions to make summer learning fun and engaging.
Make summer learning fun
Summer is a great time for informal learning. We will all enjoy a few weeks of no scheduled lessons. And then it will hit…boredom. Boredom is an excellent opportunity to spark creativity, learn a new skill, or simply learn to entertain yourself. However, a couple of months of boredom can also lead to mischief and bad habits. To combat this, here are a few tips to mix things up during the summer months to encourage learning during the summer break with minimal planning.
Help your child assume responsibility for his learning
Summer actually provides an excellent opportunity for your children to begin assuming responsibility for their own education. Even though we take time off during the summer from planned academic studies, we don’t stop learning. I plan very little though and encourage my daughters to assume much of the responsibility for their summer learning.
But won’t my kids be bored if I don’t plan their summer learning?
It is tempting to think that you need to always have activities and entertainment planned for your children. But the reality is that your children are capable of finding something constructive to do. However, it is a skill they must develop. The more we allow this ability to atrophy, the more likely we are to hear “I’m bored!” I use the two responses in the following post to help my children improve their ability to find something creative and constructive to do.
Or, I encourage them to pull an activity from the Imagination Jar and create their own adventure!
Take learning on the road
Are you taking a family vacation this summer? Learning doesn’t have to stop for a trip! These 100 ways to keep learning while traveling are fun and includes academic and life skills suggestions. Your children won’t even realize the amount of learning that will take place!
Whether you take a road trip or take field trips around your own city, recording what your child learns in a DIY travel journal would be a great way to document what they learn. Plus, it can be a keepsake to enjoy for years. Learn how to make one & what to record in it to enhance learning while traveling.